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sdooley - who has written 280 posts on SuperCoder Blog.

Susan taught health information and healthcare documentation at the community college level for more than 20 years. She has a special love for medical language and terminology. She is passionate about ensuring accurate patient healthcare documentation through education. She has a master's degree in healthcare administration, is a certified healthcare documentation specialist, and serves as immediate past president for the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI).

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ICD-10-CM 2017 Is Coming Soon — Get Ready for Cardiology Changes

Monday, June 27, 2016

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Oct. 1 will be here before we know it, and with that date comes updates to ICD-10-CM for fiscal year 2017 — that’s about 2,000 new codes!  Cardiology diagnosis coding in particular gains some new codes that you’ll want to know about. Lose the Pure, Instead Report Familial Hypercholesterolemia To code the condition familial hypercholesterolemia […]

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Keep Patients Happy and Your Bottom Line Healthy by Avoiding Billing Errors

Friday, June 24, 2016

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Medical billing errors. Not only do they cost your practice money, they also infuriate patients. But often these billing errors are easily preventable. Read on to find out how. Prevent Registration Errors to Help Avoid Billing Errors Mistakes during patient registration cause claims denials in medical office billing – and inaccurate patient demographic information can […]

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Coding Edits: Pay Attention to the Newest CCI Pairs for Pain Management

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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The April set of National Correct Coding Initiatives (NCCI) edits includes so many edits affecting anesthesia and pain management that you would do better learning and using the exceptions rather than the applicable edits themselves. Learn These Intravenous Infusion Codes All the pain management codes included in the April (CCI 22.1) edits are considered the […]

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Check Out 3 Ways to Stay Ahead of Coding and Billing Trends

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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The medical coding profession has come a long way in a year. Last year at this time, just about every coding article on the Internet warned of the dangers involved as the U.S. healthcare industry transitioned from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Last summer, headlines trumpeted the AMA’s agreement to stop fighting CMS on the ICD-10 implementation. […]

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Is Your Revenue Cycle Circling the Drain? Review These Steps to Foster Success

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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Healthcare organization revenue cycles can be complex and difficult to manage because each phase of the cycle runs slightly differently while still being inextricably linked to each other. Yet revenue is integral to a practice’s continued health. How can you manage the intricacies of a medical revenue cycle efficiently and effectively? Let’s review the parts […]

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Time for Third Quarter NCCI Edits!

Monday, June 20, 2016

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July 1 is approaching fast, which means it’s time for the third quarter updates to the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Edits. Version 22.2 of the NCCI edits take effect on July 1, 2016. You can download the July hospital and practitioner procedure to procedure (PTP) files at the CMS site here. You can grab […]

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Get a Handle on Hospital Readmissions and Short Stays

Friday, June 17, 2016

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Watch out for some new inpatient rules this year – and some old rules, too – specifically readmissions, inpatient/outpatient status, and patient dumping. Y’all Come Back, Now – But Not Right Away Hospital readmissions are bad for patients, and they’re expensive. Readmissions — instances where a patient is readmitted to the same or a different […]

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Review NCCI Effects on Ob-Gyn

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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We’ve talked about a number of National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) version 22.1 edits, but somehow we’ve neglected the gyn area. Let’s check out some ob-gyn edits that have come into effect since Jan. 1. Bundle Up Your Paravertebral Blocks Let’s take a look at version 22.0 first. When you report 56405 (Incision and drainage […]

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Time for HCPCS Code Updates

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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Where does the time go? June is almost half over already, and July will be here before we know it! CMS is celebrating the half-year mark by releasing new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes that become effective for claims with dates of service on or after July 1, 2016. We’ll also look at […]

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Don’t Get Nervous About Reporting Neurology Diagnoses

Monday, June 13, 2016

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Nervous system diagnoses can seem complicated to report, but let these tips guide you in reporting these common conditions. What a Pain! Is It Chronic, Central, or Chronic Pain Syndrome? The diagnosis names sound so similar, but chronic and central pain and chronic pain syndrome are very different from both clinical and coding standpoints. First […]

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